Kamra-e-faoree is Dari for “instant camera” and it refers to the simple hand-made wooden box cameras traditionally used by portrait photographers in Afghanistan.
Last year, Lukas Birk and Sean Foley – photographer and ethnographer – traveled to Afghanistan to document the last of the Afghan box camera professionals. As the duo continued to interview photographers, the project grew into an exploration of box camera photography on a larger – and more far flung – scale.
As part of the The Afghan Box Camera Project, Birk and Foley will visit Afghan towns close to Iran, Tajikistan and Pakistan, interviewing and photographing photographers while learning their stories and techniques. They also plan to revisit Kabul to reconnect with photographer friends from the previous year and to film a “How to Build” a box camera video. All of the material they gather abroad will be updated on their website and showcased in a book to be released next year.
To help fund their project, Birk and Foley have created a Kickstarter to accept donations. Check out the video above, take a look at the Kickstarter page, and help spread the word.